Ahmedabad: Accountant duped of Rs 71,000 by fraudsters in electricity bill scam.  |  Photo Credit: IANS
An accountant in Ahmedabad’s Vasna was duped of Rs 71,000 from his credit card by fraudsters. The accountant alleged that the money taken out from his credit card was used to pay electricity bills by cyber fraudsters. 27-year-old Parth Kayasth, who works as an accountant in a private company, filed an FIR with Vasna police after the money was deducted from his account without his authorization.
As per a report in the Times of India, Kayasth said that the fraud took place on April 22 when bills worth Rs 31,000 and Rs 40,250 were paid from his card. He had received an OTP from his bank for the two transactions but before he could inquire about them, the money was deducted from his credit card leaving him in utter shock. He later found out that the amount was paid to clear two Torrent Power bills.
Kayasth said he had approached the cyber crime police on the same day and filed the complaint. However, the Vasna police registered a case under cheating on Sunday and are now investigating the matter. As per the report, the case is being linked with the recent busting of a gang from Jamtara which had reportedly duped people of Rs 4 crore by paying electricity bills illegally through credit cards.
The activities of online fraud have increased exponentially since lockdown was first imposed last year due to COVID-19. Thousands of people have been duped of money through credit cards or online frauds as online transactions have become the new normal in the COVID-affected world.